The Queensland Department of Education and Training provides distance education services through seven state schools of distance education which were established to provide a schooling service to geographically isolated and other home based students with limited educational choice. Additionally, schools of distance education provide services to enhance learning opportunities by offering wider subject choice for mainstream school students and providing a service for by choice home based learners, travelling students and students in a range of alternative education centres.  Student enrolment categories include: 

  • geographically isolated students 
  • overseas: children of Queensland families travelling or temporarily residing overseas 
  • travelling: children of families travelling in Australia or Australian waters 
  • medical: students unable to attend the local school for medical reasons 
  • home select: children of families who choose to home school using distance education 
  • school based: students in Government and non-Government schools who access subjects not available to them in their own school.  

Brisbane School of Distance Education 

Brisbane School of Distance Education is the School Of The Future where we are committed to pursuing our vision of providing high quality education with a student focus on “innovation, inspiration and inclusion.”

Brisbane SDE is a world leader in the delivery of online learning to a student population of approximately 3850 students. Through the innovative use of digital technology, we provide cutting edge live group lessons including support materials with a focus on each student succeeding.

We aim to create a powerful whole school infrastructure where meaningful, collaborative professional teams engage in constructive dialogue, reflect on practice and take collective responsibility for the improvement of all student learning.

The school is based in Brisbane, teaching students in all categories from e-Kindy to year 12. We offer extensive LOTE and Senior Secondary programs as well as a Futures Academy; an Innovation Centre; and a state-wide e-Kindy program delivered on behalf of all Queensland SDEs.

Website: Brisbane School of Distance Education 

Phone: (07) 3727 2444 

Cairns School of Distance Education

Embracing the future through innovative education

Cairns SDE caters for a student population of approximately 2234 students (658 fulltime). The school is based in North Queensland and teaches students from e-Kindy to year 12. It has a flexible learning centre with behaviour support and a large LOTE program. 

Website: Cairns School of Distance Education 

Phone: (07) 4080 9111 

Capricornia School of Distance Education – Independent Public School 

Be different, make a difference! 

Capricornia SDE caters for a student populations of approximately 745 enrolments (600 fulltime) from e-Kindy to Year 12. The school is based in Central Queensland and has two campuses – Rockhampton and Emerald. It has a flexible learning secondary program with behaviour support focusing on reengagement and also a primary LOTE program for small schools.  

Website: Capricornia (Rockhampton Campus) School of Distance Education 

Phone: (07) 4931 4800 

Website: Capricornia (Emerald Campus) School of Distance Education 

Phone: (07) 4987 4155 

Charleville School of Distance Education 

Divided by distance, united by voice 

Charleville SDE caters for a student populations of approximately 218 enrolments (168 fulltime) from e-Kindy to Year 10. The school is part of a Western Alliance to assist with teaching secondary students. 

Website: Charleville School of Distance Education 

Phone: (07) 4656 8999  

Charters Towers School of Distance Education – Independent Public School  

Distance is no Barrier! 

Charters Towers SDE caters for a student population of approximately 1480 students (474 fulltime). The school is based in North Queensland and teaches students from e-Kindy to year 12. It has a flexible learning centre with behaviour support and a large LOTE program.  

Website: Charters Towers School of Distance Education 

Phone: (07) 4754 6888 

Longreach School of Distance Education 

Excellence in education for isolated families 

Longreach SODE caters for a student population of approximately 164 students. The school teaches students from e-Kindy to year 10. It is part of a Western Alliance with Charleville and Mt Isa to cater for secondary students. LSODE also caters for tourists. 

Website: Longreach School of Distance Education 

Phone: (07) 4658 4222 

Mount Isa School of the Air 

Excellence in education in the outback 

Mount Isa SOTA caters for approximately 170 students from e-Kindy to year 10. It has a Western Alliance with Longreach and Charleville to cater for secondary students. 

Website: Mount Isa School of the Air 

Phone: (07) 4744 8333